The federal government will be dropping its opposition to Texas’ photo voter ID law, according an attorney representing plaintiffs in the case.
Danielle Lang of the Campaign Legal Center was advised today that the U.S. Department of Justice, “will be filing documents to formally drop its opposition to the Texas law,” according to an AP report.
The move is not unexpected.
Last week, the new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in asking a U.S. District Court to postpone a February 28 hearing in the case while the Texas Legislature considers SB5, a bill that amends the state’s voter ID requirements to incorporate temporary changes in the law imposed by the district judge prior to the 2016 general election.
The judge denied the delay, so the case will be back in federal court tomorrow. DOJ attorneys are expected to drop the claim that Texas passed its voter ID law with discriminatory intent.